Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Will Isaiah Crowell leave Gerogia following suspension?

The uproar over the  suspension of Georgia tailback  Isaiah Crowell has pretty much blown up to the point where it was the top trending point on Yahoo! at one point today. Now there is speculation from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Mark Bradley that Crowell might leave the Bulldog program. This is partly over speculation on whether or not this is the first incident involving Crowell violating team rules.

"After Crowell didn’t play in the first quarter against Vanderbilt, Mark Richt told a halftime interviewer the freshman had been withheld “because we love him.” (”Undisclosed disciplinary reasons” were the real explanation, apparently.) On Tuesday, after Richt’s regular media briefing had concluded, Georgia announced that Crowell was one of three tailbacks — third-stringer Carlton Thomas and Ken Malcome are the other two — who have been suspended for Saturday’s game against New Mexico State. No specific reason was given.

Thus will the Bulldogs be minus four tailbacks Saturday: Richard Samuel was hurt against Florida and has undergone ankle surgery that will sideline him for the rest of the regular season. But the greater issue is Crowell, of whom so much was expected. To be fair, he has come close to justifying the massive hype that preceded him, but the stop-and-start nature of his season — now you see him; now you don’t — have led some to wonder if he’ll be a Bulldog long."

There might be some truth to this story. Then again, the suggestion that Crowell might leave be a sports reporter at a failing newspaper using an incident as a vain attempt at attention. 

(via The Atlanta-Journal Constitution)

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